Disease Outcomes

At IMM a wide range of diseases, mainly endemic diseases are studied in terms of aetiology and factors affecting prognosis after diagnosis.

Projects in this area

Allergy, hyperreactivity and skin irritants

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide and include a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment. Common allergens include pollen, food and various metals. At IMM research related to various skin exposures of workers, consumers and children and the risk in developing skin allergy and dermatitis is performed. Other areas include risk and protective factors for the development of allergies in children as well as mechanisms related to immune reactions.


Cancer is one of the world´s leading causes of morbidity and death. For great majority of the cancers, environmental factors play a critical role. These factors include life-style and behavioral factors as well as chemicals and contaminants in the environment. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to risk factors and living a healthy life-style. Cancer research at IMM is broad and spans from basic experimental research to epidemiology. 

Cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular disease is one of the world´s leading causes of morbidity and death. IMM research covers a broad span in the cardiovascular area and uses both experimental methods such as cell models and epidemiological methods such as cohort studies to increase knowledge about its aetiology. National high quality registers are frequently used in the research projects.

Common mental disorders

Common mental disorders (CMD:s) are the leading cause of sick-leave spells in Sweden, resulting in suffering for the individual and financial costs for the employer as well as for society at large. It is also very frequent in several other OECD countries.

Diabetes and other metabolic diseases

The worldwide prevalence of metabolic diseases including diabetes is increasing. Also obesity, closely linked to metabolic disease, is becoming increasingly frequent both in adults and children. This is worrisome because these diseases may impair health. At IMM several research projects aim at increasing knowledge about the causes and consequences of metabolic disease and obesity.

Muskulo skeletar diseases

Musculoskeletal disease, in particular long-lasting back- or neck pain is very frequent in the general population. IMM research focus both on aetiology and treatment of such diseases. Another research area is injuries related to sports and work related MSD.  

Respiratory diseases

Respiratory diseases are diseases that affect the air passages, the bronchi and the lungs, and include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At IMM, research is performed to investigate risk- and protective factors for asthma among children. Other areas include COPD and mechanisms related to how exposure to environmental agents affect immune cells, as well as the development of new models for studying asthma, respiratory inflammation and lung effects of air pollutants.

Rheumatoid artrit and chronic inflammation

Inflammation plays a key role in a number of different chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and asthma. At IMM, experimental laboratory research is performed to unravel the biology behind the initiation and the progression of chronic inflammatory processes. Epidemiological research is also performed to increase knowledge about causes of different inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis.